2016
Rutherford

Merlot
Description

Grapes for the Rutherford Merlot are picked from one block on our Rutherford estate vineyard which is farmed according to Biodynamic® and organic principals. The vineyard is known for gravelly alluvial fan soils with good drainage, creating more intense flavors in the wine. The vines in this block were picked according to their location, which faces the morning sun and provides a cooler environment for the vines lending fully balanced wines with exceptional texture and characteristics of the terroir.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

This beautiful Merlot opens with luscious aromas of dark fruits complemented by hints of dark chocolate and spice. 

Palate: 

On the palate, rich flavors of blackberry, plum and espresso lead to a medium to full mouthfeel. This well-balanced wine features dusty yet structured tannins and a long, satisfying finish.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

A cooler season overall, the 2016 growing season did see an early bud break in Napa Valley. July and August did not see the usual high heat and resulted in a longer hang time for the grapes that ripened uniformly and with a great flavor. Overall quality is high even though yields are a bit lower than usual. Winemakers and vineyard crews worked diligently to pick and sort the best berries.

Tech Notes
  • Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
  • Varietal: 100% Merlot
  • pH: 3.57
  • TA: 5.9g/L 
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Aging:
    • 100% French oak
    • 33% New for 18-19 months
  • Production:  256 cases
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Wahoo, Swordfish
Cheese & Nuts:
Brie; Camembert; Gouda; Provolone; Almonds
SKU:
RAMER163
$75